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Tour Generous Support 

is sought 

For the Maintenance and Expansion of 


'Jamaica Plain 



March, 1927 



Wisely founded and ideally situated, over- 
looking the Arnold Arboretum in Ja- 
maica Plain, the Faulkner Hospital has been able 
for twenty-two years to meet every reasonable 
demand from the surrounding community to 
whose service it was dedicated. 

Open to all, irrespective of race, creed or 
ability to pay, it is in every sense of the word a 
Community Hospital, serving not only the im- 
mediate surrounding sections — Jamaica Plain, 
West Roxbury, Roslindale and Brookline — but 
an ever-widening radius to the southward and 
westward of Boston proper. 

Good Doctor Faulkner, well-beloved physi- 
cian of old West Roxbury, provided generously 
for his community as he knew it. He could not 
foresee the rapid and ominous growth in popu- 
lation, nor anticipate the widespread change in 
the character of the community that strains the 
hospital's resources to the limit to-day. More 
restricted home facilities, coupled with a more 
general realization of the advantages of hospi- 
tal treatment and care, have brought about a 
grave crisis. 

The facilities and funds of Faulkner Hospi- 
tal are no longer adequate to protect the health 
and meet the growing demands of this commu- 
nity. For the first time an appeal must be voiced 
to the public for funds for general maintenance 
and extension. 

For many years gifts and legacies to the Faulk- 
ner Hospital have been neither large nor nu- 
merous, owing to the misapprehension that the 
original endowment was quite ample. This hos- 
pital enjoys no appropriations from City or 
State, although patients' fees have always been 

moderate and a liberal policy has been followed 
in dispensing free and partial-paid service. 

The trustees now face the responsibility of 
choosing between standing still, letting the com- 
munity outgrow the institution founded as its 
health center, or advancing whole-heartedly to 
meet the greater opportunity for service pre- 
sented by its changed environs. 

Plans are already well under way for a mod- 
ern Surgical Wing with up-to-date operating 
and laboratory equipment and seventy (70) beds. 
This will meet the most serious immediate need, 
relieving other overcrowded departments. 

Faulkner Hospital has a splendid record of 
achievement as a first-class public institution 
meeting all the requirements of the Hospital 
Standardization Committee of the American 
College of Surgeons. It maintains thirty-three 
(33) Surgical and Medical beds, ten of which 
are free, and twenty-one (21) Maternity beds 
with corresponding cribs. Maternity reservations 
are always booked far in advance, with a long 
waiting list for every month. The courtesy staff 
of 130 eminent surgeons and doctors give un- 
stintingly of their time and skill to patients. 
The Training School housed in the new Nurses' 
Home has an enrollment of 60 pupil nurses. 

What the future holds for us has been ably 

summarized by one hospital expert as follows: 

The progressive idea is for one central well-equipped 
hospital to serve n large area. This hospital should be 
the Health Center for the whole community, where 
rich and poor alike can have the best scientific treat- 
ment. Such a central hospital can maintain a high 
standard of medical and surgical work at a low per 
capita overhead cost, far more desirable for the com- 
munity good than a crop of small hospitals in adjacent 
towns. Faulkner Hospital is the logical Health Center 
for the South and West environs of Boston. 

An opportunity is now extended to you to 
share in the fulfilment of this practical vision 
for community service and health protection 
that lies before Faulkner Hospital. Gifts and 
legacies are earnestly sought for expansion and 
future maintenance. Small contributions will 
also be gratefully acknowledged toward the 
continuance of our present liberal policy of free 
and less-than-cost service. 

A Hospital's dividends are faid in community 

Some idea of the pace set by increasing demands of 
the community for hospital service in the last six years 
is indicated by the following comparative figures: 

Population of the community — West 1920 1926 

Roxbury, Jamaica Plain and Ros- 

lindale only included 63,190 78,103 

Patients treated i?o56 1,801 

Total "patient days" treatment 16,413 27,804 

Operations performed 366 787 

Babies born 237 421 

Daily average of patients 46 71 

Hospital capacity in beds (adult) 54 54 

(cribs) 21 21 


Confident in the generous support of public-spirited 
members of the community and friends of the hospital, 
we ask that donations in the forms of pledges or checks 
be sent to Ingersoll Bowditch, Treasurer, Faulkner 
Hospital, Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. 

Bequests should be made in the corporate name of the 
hospital — "The Faulkner Hospital Corporation." 

Charles J. Nichols, 

Chairman of Trustees. 

Ingersoll Bowditch, 

Chairman Subscription Committee.